Radio astronomer Jodie Foster receives signals from outer space which, when decoded, offer plans for building a ship that could help her reach the star Vega, the source of the signals. Standing in the way of realizing her lifelong dream are former boss Tom Skerritt and government agent James Woods. Matthew McConaughey co-stars as a spiritual advisor/author. Robert Zemeckis directs; based on Carl Sagan's best-seller. 150 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English; audio commentary; featurettes; isolated music score; more.